What It’s Really like to do a TeaTox

I am one of those people who will openly admit that the word teatox sends shudders down my spine. I’ve heard such nightmare stories from people and even suffered some horrific stomach pains 2 days into a 14 day teatox myself last year. Needless to say, said teatox was binned and I will never touch that brand again.

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick of late and getting into shape with Results with Lucy, and as this finished, I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to try out a teatox again but this time, only for 7 days.

I was offered a 7 day teatox to review from Nutriplan, which consisted of 7 morning tea bags and 4 evening tea bags to be used every other night.

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The SlimKitten 7 day teatox contains lots of natural ingredients and has a fruity taste and smell when you open the bag and is even stronger when you add hot water.

I followed the instructions as stated and brewed a teabag every morning before breakfast and then every other evening, I did the same with the bedtime brew. I was pleasantly surprised by the taste every day and having previously had a bad experience with a similar teatox, couldn’t believe that I was managing to drink it down without a problem.

On the 3rd day, I did notice a few more visits to the toilet but I had no stomach pains or issues which was a major plus. The first teatox I did last year made me feel horrendous and left me in a lot of pain which was the reason I swore to never try one again. I’m glad I changed my mind and decided to take a leap of faith with this.

The purpose of a teatox for those of you asking is to detox the body and aid in weight loss and cleanse the body. I definitely noticed my stomach was less bloated throughout the week and I felt energised. I did notice my skin was suffering a little but with any cleanse, the body rejects the impurities and this was probably the case for my skin as well.

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Yes this teatox did have some benefits and certainly for £8.99, it’s fab for a detox a week before an event/holiday.

I don’t think it’s a sustainable plan on its own and certainly wouldn’t give you weight loss without changing your diet and exercise as well, so please do not think it’s a quick fix.

The tea itself is pleasant to drink with a fruity taste and has a red colour when brewed for 5-10mins. It reminded me of berry tea which is one of my favourites.

Would I buy it again?

In short, yes! It’s a bargain and would be fab before a holiday or even my wedding next year.

I hope this honest review has helped you decide whether to try a teatox for yourself, do feel free to leave me any comments or questions below.

Laura x

 

 

 

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The Results are in…

After a gruelling 12 weeks, I can finally say I’ve completed the Results with Lucy fitness programme!

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I’m certainly no fitness buff, but when I was offered the chance to try out and review this amazing programme for 12 weeks, I jumped at the chance. I love the feeling I get after exercise and always feel as though I’ve achieved something. This plan has been the kick up the butt I needed to get myself into shape and I even decided to get my mum in on the act to kick-start her fitness journey as well.

I took part in the Solo Programme at £12.99 a month which is a no contract plan offering great workout videos in many different styles and new videos added every week.

My mum and I both did the workouts 2 x a week for around 30-40 minutes at a time which was great for building our fitness and resistance for the videos themselves.

So it’s time to show the results and let the before and after photos speak for themselves:

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As you can see from a side view, I have more definition on my stomach muscles and my ab muscles look more toned.

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Again you can see that my stomach is a heck or a lot more toned and my waist looks tiny. I think the angle made my hips look a bit wider on the second photo but I did lose some inches so not sure what happened there.

Here were my starting stats:

Weight – 8st 6lb or 118lb 

Measurements of the areas that bother me most:

Waist – 25 inches but not very toned

Hips – 35.5 inches and again not very toned

Thighs – 19-20 inches each leg ”        “

My finishing stats are as follows;

Weight – 8st 5lb or 117lbs which I’m so happy with

Measurements of the areas that bother me most:

Waist – 24 inches and much more toned

Hips – 34 inches!!

Thighs – 18.5 inches each

I’m completely ecstatic with the results as I never set out to lose weight and purely wanted to tone up in areas that frustrated me. As you can see I lost an inch from my waist, 1.5 inches from my hips and 1-1.5 inches off my thighs. I’ve been super impressed with the Results with Lucy programme and feel happy and confident with my current body especially on the run up to my holiday.

You might be thinking “Laura your results are ok, but nothing amazing!” and I would completely understand that statement. That’s why I’m going to share my mum’s results as she has done so amazing. She didn’t want to share her starting stats etc but more her losses and I’m sure you will want to leave her a comment to congratulate her so far…

A 9.5lb weight loss

4 inches off her waist

5 inches off her stomach

3.5 inches off her hips

2 inches off each of her thighs 

1.5 inches off her arms.

I’m so proud of my mum and she’s definitely kickstarted her fitness journey in preparation for my wedding next year and her mission to be a slim mother of the bride.

If you are looking for a great way to workout from home without the embarrassment of going to the gym then this programme will be perfect for you and offer a great way of toning up or losing weight. I’m now working on the GymCube service which works in a similar way so keep your eyes peeled for posts coming up soon.

Laura x

*The results with lucy plan was gifted to me to review but all findings and opinions are my own as always*

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My Summer dress style tips

The sun seems to be making sporadic appearances of late and it’s been nice to get the legs out and wear some pretty summer dresses for a change. I thought I would take the opportunity to share some of my summer style tips in collaboration with JD Williams who were kind enough to let me pick my choice of dress and sandals to style up for you.

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When choosing my favourite summer dress from their fabulous selection of holiday dresses, I settled on the Lyocell Knee-Length Denim Dress which looked casual and comfy; perfect for summer. My first tip when picking a dress for summer is go for a fabric that is light and loose-fitting. I hate tight outfits and prefer something a little more floaty. Despite being denim, this dress is super light to wear making it easy to move in and comfortable to wear. I also like that the sleeves can be rolled up or down meaning it can be worn with tights even in Winter.

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When it comes to women’s sandals, I like lace up ones this season and have several black and gold pairs. I decided on a tan pair of suede lace up’s from Sole Diva which complimented the denim dress perfectly. They are easy to walk in with rubber style sole at the bottom as well. Given the colour, they would go well with most summer outfits including pretty white dresses which I also have in abundance for this years holiday.

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Another tip I would always suggest is to have a belt to hand to mix up your outfits. I had a plain suede style brown belt which I added to the dress and gave it another style revamp making it less oversized looking and more of a fitted dress. This would be perfect for a night/meal out with a pair of chunky wedges instead of sandals and would make it look completely different to the daytime look.

Now this is my first fashion based post and I’m pretty darned please with the photography (thanks to my mum) and love the outfit I was allowed to choose as it suits me to a T. Hopefully you liked it and liked my tips so let me know in the comments if you would like to see some more fashion based posts in future.

Thanks

Laura x

*the dress and sandals were gifted to me by the lovely people at JDWilliams, all opinions and content are my own as always*

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